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Thanks the the prying eyes and quick fingers of one amateur spy photographer in Sydney, Australia, we have this single image of the upcoming second-generation Hyundai Tucson. Driving alongside a truck with a full camera rig, Hyundai was apparently filming either a commercial or some promotional video.
And while we now know what the SUV looks like (at least from one angle), what still isn’t clear is what the crossover will be called. It’s known as the ix35 is most markets, but Hyundai might keep the Tucson name for North America.
With an overall shape that reminds us of the Nissan Rogue, the front end design is much nicer with Hyundai’s new hexagonal grille. This optioned-out model also has a sizable set of wheels and chromed roof rack bars. Overall, it’s actually quite close to the ix-onic concept that debuted at the Geneva Auto Show last March.
Details of the powertrain are exciting as we’ve already learned the next-generation Tucson will get a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. We just don’t know if that engine/transmission combination will be offered in North America.
The production model as shown here is expected at this Fall’s Frankfurt Auto Show as either a 2010 or possibly a 2011 model.
Hyundai used the 2009 Geneva Auto Show to unveil the “ix-onic” – an crossover concept that will eventually become the successor to the Hyundai Tucson. Hyundai also plans to change the entry-level SUVs name to the ix-35.
This stunning concept car makes use of a turbocharged direct-injection 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 175hp. Possibly even more exciting is the fact that the crossover concept also uses a double-clutch gearbox with ISG (Idle Stop and Go) technology. Will we see either this engine or transmission in the production vehicle?We certainly hope so.
Some of the notable design features are the LED daytime running lights, 21-inch wheels and the hexagonal front grille. This grille is particularly important as Hyundai intends to use this strong design across its SUV range. In fact, the is-onic Concept will donate its creativity to the next generation Santa Fe and Verarcuz.
GALLERY: Hyundai ix-onic Concept
Official release after the jump:
Just one photo of Hyundai’s IX35 concept vehicle, the ix-onic, has surfaced ahead of the SUV’s unveiling at the Geneva Auto Show in March. This stylish looking compact crossover, originally coded as the HED-6, is the official concept car for the next generation Hyundai Tucson and will inspire all new Hyundai SUV designs, including the Santa Fe and Veracruz.
Until now the only images of the ix35 available were the rather abstract sketches Hyundai released almost a month ago.
The ix-onic IX35 Concept was created at Hyundai European Design in Rüsselsheim, Germany, under the leadership of Hyundai Europe’s Chief Designer Thomas Burkle.
Power will come from a direct-injection 1.6-liter engine that makes an impressive 175hp.
[Source: WorldCarFans via autotelegraaf.nl]